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Molik on track to top ten
MELBOURNE, Sept 28 AAP - Buoyed by a recent streak of hot form, Australia's leading female tennis player, Alicia Molik, has her sights set on a world top 10 ranking.
Molik broke into the top 20 after winning the Stockholm WTA tournament the week before she sealed a bronze medal at the Athens Olympics. She returns to Europe tomorrow anxious to build on her consistency and continue her progress up the ladder - with January's Australian Open her primary target.
Molik: ready to crack the world's top ten
"I'm just sitting in the top 20 now...one step at a time but there's no reason why, if I have a couple of big tournaments in the next month, I can't be very close to that (top 10) figure," Molik said today."I'd like to be in the form for the Australian Open that I've been showing in the past six weeks.
"If I'm playing that sort of tennis come the Aussie Open I'm going to be sitting pretty I think for a pretty big result there."
Molik, 23, feels she is now able to challenge the world's best players, after minimising the differences in their games.
"I think every single time I step on the court against a top 10 or top 20 player I'm in for a shot," she said. "I think what's hurt me isn't so much my game...there's a couple of instances in certain matches where it may just be one point or maybe a lapse in concentration, so they're not big things now.
"I'm finding that the differences now between me and a lot of the top 10 girls are a couple of points here or there, and usually they are pretty critical points or times in a match.
"But I've been working on all those things and the difference is so small now so I really have to make huge efforts to make sure I don't have those lapses."
She said the past year had boosted her confidence significantly but she had also learnt to enjoy the game more, as she improved.
"I've gotten older and I've learnt to enjoy it a lot, lot more (but) I still need to keep working on my game, I can never be too content with where I'm at," she said.
Molik said her Olympic medal, which she won after going down 7-5 7-5 to World No.4 Amelie Mauresmo in the play-off for silver, was an "enormous" highlight this year.
"It was a pretty amazing journey, the Olympics, winning a bronze there and winning a tournament the week before," she said. "I gave my year, basically, towards the bronze medal. I worked in my schedule to maximise my performance there.
"To come away with a medal is a dream come true, something I've wanted to do since I was a young child," Molik said.